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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,128 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,128
Reviews: 1,499
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 738
Gots: 1,950 | FT: 181
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish brown with a small tannish-white head. Lacing is very heavy and doesn't run down back into the glass.

S: Aroma is of bourbon, oak and some sweet fruits (maybe cherries?). Very nice and unique.

T: Flavor is a nice mix of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruits combined with your normal scotch ale maltiness. It's a little bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Bourbon isn't as intense as I remember this beer being from the past and it's fruitier than I recall.

M: Medium-thick bodied with good carbonation.

O: I thought this beer was absolutely outstanding at first, but as I continued to drink it, it seemed to lose something. I couldn't tell if it just wore on me or if it got more boozy as it warmed up while the other flavors seemed to mellow. Still, it's a very nice beer, but not an excellent one.

2012 Update: The 2012 batch has a really nice barrel character to it, lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Unfortunately it kinda ends up being "bourbon barrel aged generic malty beer" as the base beer doesn't offer much other than support for the barrel flavor. It reminds me of a lesser Firestone Walker Double Double Barrel Ale. I'd probably give it a similar score but for different reasons.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,128 ratings.